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this is bbc news. the headlines at a:00pm... president maduro of venezuela has blamed right—wing opponents and colombia for what he says was an assassination attempt using drones carrying explosives. translation: there has been an attempt to assassinate me. i have no doubt that this all points to the extreme right in venezuela, in alliance with the right in colombia and that juan manuel santos is behind this attempt. i have no doubt. "no place for anti—semitism in the labour party". jeremy corbyn uses a video message to try to allay concerns. his deputy warns if the dispute isn't resolved, labour could disappear into a "vortex of eternal shame". adults in england will automatically become organ donors unless they opt out, under plans unveiled today. just under 40% of people are currently signed up — half the number who say they support organ donation. we walked hayley to theatre, said goodbye and ijust kissed her and i said, "just go and save some lives, hayley." to you, to me... after half a century making people laugh, barry chuckle, of the chuckle brothers, has died.
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brother paul says he's lost his very best friend. and will the luck of the irish propel their amateur women hockey players to victory in their first world cup final. they take on defending champions, the netherlands, in half an hour. ireland began the tournament as the second lowest ranked side. ireland began the tournament as the second lowest ranked side. a boa constrictor has been filmed apparently eating a pigeon on a busy east london street. the snake was taken to an animal shelter by the rspca. and at 4:30 in talking books, gavin esler talks to the chef and author, rick stein, on how british food has improved dramatically over the last 30 years. good afternoon.
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the president of venezuela, nicolas maduro, says an attempt has been made on his life using drones carrying explosives. he was addressing a military parade in the capital, caracas, during a live television broadcast when the alleged attack occurred. mr maduro escaped without injury, but officials say seven soldiers were hurt. here's matt cole. addressing crowds with a speech on the economy, with his wife alongside, nicolas maduro was unexpectedly interrupted. all eyes looked up, seeking out the source of the two loud bangs. set out in precision formation, the national guard had been listening to their leader. but look to the right of the screen. after the bangs, a handful break ranks, followed by a stampede for cover. it's claimed two drones exploding above were the source of the panic. later, and clearly furious,
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president maduro spoke about what he termed an attempted assassination. translation: i have no doubt that everything points to the right, to the venezuelan ultra—right in cahoots with the colombian ultra—right and the colombian president is behind this attack. colombia denies any involvement, and by contrast to his leader, venezuela's communications minister has blamed his president's right—wing opponents for the alleged attack. with investigations now under way, so much remains unclear, including suggestions the drones were shot down before reaching their target. a little—known group called soldiers in t—shirts has claimed on social media that it was behind it. but with venezuela's leader painted by opponents as a ruthless despot who detains political rivals on trumped—up charges, some are questioning whether this will be used to justify further clamp—downs. president maduro‘s allies
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cuba and bolivia have condemned the incident. us officials say the white house is monitoring the situation closely, but added no further comment. matt cole, bbc news. bbc mundo correspondent arturo wallace joined us earlier and told us what we know so far about the attack. there were two loud explosions while president maduro was giving his speech. several soldiers were injured, they have blood on their faces and also a nearby building, you can see what looks like the remains ofan you can see what looks like the remains of an explosion. exactly what happened, or who was behind it is still under dispute. the government is adamant there were two drones carrying explosives and that seems to be backed up by the claim ofa seems to be backed up by the claim of a very little—known opposition group called, soldiers in t—shirts, who said they had this planned, this
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operation phoenix, by which they we re operation phoenix, by which they were trying to detonate two drones carrying ca explosives near to the stage where president maduro was speaking. there are reports in colombia and venezuela when the government in the past have made allegations of assassination attem pts allegations of assassination attempts without providing any evidence. the results in people feeling very sceptical. it was reported earlier that several firemen who attended the scene have told them that the explosion was caused by the explosion of a gas tank ina caused by the explosion of a gas tank in a nearby apartment. the government said they have captured people already and they have evidence and they will be providing that on monday. jeremy corbyn, has posted a video online addressing anti—semitism — saying it has no place in the labour party. mr corbyn said the party must drive it out for good. it follows comments by the party's deputy leader, tom watson who has said that the party faces what he calls "eternal shame" unless it immediately stops its "damaging"
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arguments over anti—semitism. our political correspondent tom barton is in wesminster and has been explaining what message labour is trying to deliver. they hope eventually to draw a line under it and there was an article in the guardian yesterday. this might prove difficult when you havejeremy corbyn‘s second—in—command tom watson, talking to the guardian this morning saying the party is at risk of disappearing into a vortex of eternal shame and embarrassment over this issue. there is a danger the party might render itself unfit for office. tom watson's issue is around the rules that labour has recently adopted, surrounding how it deals with anti—semitic conduct. while they did adopt the internationally accepted
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definition of anti—semitism, they didn't include or change four examples of what anti—semitic conduct could look like. tom watson said it should include all of those. we did ask bothjeremy corbyn‘s office and jeremy corbyn himself to respond to tom watson's comments today. they were not willing to do so. but we have had this video published by the labour party ofjeremy corbyn and it was sent direct to labour party members. in itjeremy corbyn says anybody who uses anti—semitic poison needs to know they do so not in his name or the name of the labour party. he said anyone who denies anti—semitism has emerged within the labour party has actually wrong, in his words, within the labour party is actually wrong, in his words,
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and he says they are contributing to the problem. why is this row causing so much damage to labour, givenjeremy corbyn has said, the changes still capture the essence of that international definition even if they don't use the exact words? the issue is around the fact that many within thejewish community and indeed many labour mps, jewish labour mps and those who are notjewish, don't accept his argument. they say around the world, this definition has been accepted and why should the labour party set itself apart from all of those other organisations which do accept this definition. the labour party say the changes they have made to the definitions expand on and contextulise the arguments surrounding
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anti—semitism and that essentially, they said they are improving it. they point out of course, but the labour party has reopened that the labour party has reopened a consultation into the code of conduct they have recently introduced, so changes could potentially, in the future, be made to it. but some, tom watson among them, may be disappointed the message jeremy corbyn put out today doesn't address that key issue of which definition and how the definition of anti—semitism is rolled into the labour party rule book. the government's publishing plans for a new system for organ donations in england. from spring 2020, most adults would be considered as potential donors unless they opted out. ministers say up to 700 more lives could be saved each year. our health correspondent catherine burns reports. she was always bubbly there, weren't she? hayley louisejordan‘s parents say she was always fun but liked to plan ahead, so she was in her 20s when she signed up to the nhs organ donor register. her family thought nothing of it.
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she's gorgeous there, ain't she? yeah. but when hayley was 32, she had a brain haemorrhage. doctors pronounced her brain dead and asked her parents about donation. i didn't have no hesitation. we walked hayley to theatre, said goodbye and ijust kissed her and said, "go save some lives, hayley." public support for organ donation is high. it's thought about 80% support the idea, but only 37% have signed up to become donors. in reality, only a tiny number of deaths are suitable, but the government thinks changing the system could generate hundreds of extra transplants a year. the system for organ donation was overhauled ten years ago with some considerable success. now, for the first time, more than 5,000 people have had transplants in the uk over 12 months. last year, just over 1,500 people donated organs after their death, and that is a record high, but still, there are just over 6,000 patients on waiting
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lists for transplants, so, under the new system, all adults would automatically be considered as donors unless they actively opt out. in the last year, more than half a million people across the uk have officially said no to donation, even though so far only wales has a system where people need to opt out. scotland plans to introduce one too and northern ireland has rejected the idea. there just isn't the evidence that this will actually deliver more organs that are in line with the wishes of the donor. and secondly, there is a fear, and we don't know if this is the case or not, that it may change perceptions of donations, so rather than it being seen as a gift, it could be seen as the state taking organs. so could this mean organs being taken against the wishes of relatives? the government says absolutely not. their views would still be paramount. the reality is what we're trying to do is make it easier for people
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to record their wishes and by definition that will make more organs available, but i would say we will never stop looking to see what else we can do to increase the supply of organs and save more lives. carol says she gets great comfort from knowing her daughter's organs went on to help several sick people. it's like a miracle that's happened for six recipients, and i just wish them all the happiness and health. catherine burns, bbc news. swiss police have confirmed that all 20 people on board a vintage plane which crashed yesterday in eastern switzerland were killed. thejunker52, built in 1939, came down high in the alps on the side of the pits segnas mountain. the reason for the crash is still unclear. swiss police say the plane, en route from locarno to zurich, appeared to nose dive, and then hit the ground at high speed. the bodies of the victims, 17 from switzerland and three from austria, are still being recovered. tributes have been pouring in for the veteran entertainer, barry chuckle, one half
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of the chuckle brothers, who has died at the age of 73. alongside his brother paul, he had been a fixture on children's television since the 1980s. in a statement, the entertainers' manager said he had passed away peacefully at home following a period of ill health. david sillito has more. tell you what, move it towards me a little bit. to you. to me. to me, to you. for more than 30 years, barry elliott was barry chuckle. it was a comic career dominated by a never—ending struggle with awkward bits of furniture. you could saw a bit off the cue. their children's tv show began in the ‘80s. the act was made up of the classic musical routines that they had grown up with. the whole family was in show business. can you stop the music and let me out now? their dad was a comedian. their older brothers were also an act, the patton brothers. # ch—ch—chucklevision...# but, despite success on opportunity knocks and new faces in the ‘60s and ‘70s,
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tv stardom only came in the ‘80s with chucklevision. good morning. 20 years on, their young fans had grown up and one of them, tinchy stryder, asked them to perform with him. hello. wait, i swear you are the chuckle brothers. you must be... barry. something's weird. where's your ladders? in the van. go and get them, barry. what, now? yes. hang on, it's tinchy. and 50 years after their first tv success, barry was earlier this year filming a new series. however, his health was beginning to fail. his brother paul said today... entertainer barry chuckle who's died at the age of 73. earlier we spoke to shaun hope, a chuckle brothers superfan, who runs their facebook site and was friends with barry.
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i met them about 20 years now, coming up. i went to help out at the local school, got up on stage, custard pies flying all over the place and that was it. just hooked after that. i kept in touch with paul and barry for years now, i run their facebook pages and you absolutely couldn't meet two nicer lads. they were just round the bend, just good, clean fun. even if you didn't like them, you still laughed. when you watch them on the telly, the stage shows when they performed on stage, just crazy. absolutely fantastic. still going strong, nightclub appearances, the place is absolutely packed out just to come and see the two lads. you know what i mean, they filled the place out. the headlines on bbc news... venezuela's president says he has survived an assasination attempt involving explosive drones. several soldiers were injured. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn releases a video on social media
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to try and allay concerns over anti—semitism within the party. plans to make everyone in england a potential organ donor unless they decide to opt out, are set out by the government today. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's hugh ferris. good afternoon. sergio aguero has scored his 200th goal for manchester city in the community shield at wembley. it's a match that'll give us our first real sign of how two prmeier league title contenders are shaping up ahead of the new season next weekend. aguero gave city the lead in the 13th minute. steven gerrard had a frustrating
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start in his first scottish premiership game in charge of rangers — away at aberdeen. the former liverpool captain received a warm reception from both sets of supporters. but his team talk went out of the window after only 11 minutes when alfredo morelos kicked out at scott mckenna. that left rangers down to ten men for over 80 minutes but captain james tavernier edged them in front after half an hour following a foul in the box onjosh windass. and while rangers looked comfortable for most of their afternoon at pittodrie in injury time 19—year—old bruce anderson got the equaliser on his debut. 1—1 the final score. in the day's other game hibs lead motherwell 3—0. laura kenny has won her second gold medal at the european championships, gb‘s third on the track. it came in the elimination race. with sprints staged every other lap and the last rider across the line knocked out each time.
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she stayed in the field before surging away on the final lap to win a 12th european title. she only returned to action in march after the birth of her first child and had already picked up gold in the team pursuit. to be honest, i didn't feel good. i thought if they put the right gear on. before i even came, i was like, and my going to be able to do this? you don't know what level they are up you don't know what level they are up because it has been a year since i actually did one. i was thinking, i wasn't sure how this was going to go andi i wasn't sure how this was going to go and i was so unbelievably nervous. to come out and win, i am so nervous. to come out and win, i am so happy. 0n the road marta bastianelli won gold for italy. it was her first major road title since winning the world championship in 2007. then, as today, she beat marianne vos of the netherlands
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into second place. britain's dani rowe was tenth. sarah storey has won her second gold medal at the para—cycling road world championships in italy. she finished ahead of fellow briton crystal lane—wright, who crossed the line in second but was later relegated to third after being judged to have impeded another athlete in the c5 road race. storey also won the time trial on friday. england's georgia hall is just two shots off the lead in the final round of the women's british open golf. she's still on the front nine, playing alongside leader pornanong phatlum from thailand. the latest from royal lytham... the two shot lead remains but they are very far ahead of pretty much every other contender. catalan dragons pulled off a huge upset to book their place in the challenge cup final... beating super league leaders st helens 35—16. the french side scored four unanswered tries in a pulsating first half... ben garcia going over twice before sam moa sealed victory in the second half. it's only the second time the dragons have reached the challenge cup final.
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and it looks like it'll be warrington wolves awaiting them in the final. they're currently in action against leeds rhinos and lead 26—12. the game just into the second half in bolton. england have made two changes to their squad for the second test against india. 0llie pope is called up in place of dawid malan. the 20—year—old surrey batsman has the second best average in the county chgampionship so far this season. the other change is enforced as ben stokes will miss the match that starts on friday at lord's while he faces his trial in bristol on charges of affray. chris woakes comes in for him. england lead the five match series 1—0. and in around 15 minutes' time it's a david and goliath battle in the women's hockey world cup final as ireland take on defending champions the netherlands. it's a first world cup final of any
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description for a team field sport for ireland — and a massive achievement for the second lowest ranked team in the tournament. they take on the world number ones who are looking for their seventh world cup title. manchester city have doubled their lead and sergio aguero has doubled his tally at wembley. manchester city leading chelsea 2—0 in the community shield. football, well and truly with us. the family of the missing midwife samantha eastwood have thanked the public for their support after police in staffordshire found a body. the family have also asked for their privacy to be respected. the midwife went missing just over a week ago. three men are in custody, one on suspicion of murder. police in london have launched a murder investigation after a man in his 20s was stabbed to death in kingston—upon—thames last night. the man was found in cambridge gardens and was pronounced dead at the scene. officers are in the process of informing the man's family. no arrests have been made. portuguese firefighters in the algarve are struggling to bring wildfires under control, as the southern european heatwave continues.
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temperatures have climbed to 46 degrees celsius, approaching the all—time european record. fire warnings have been issued across the iberian peninsula, as chi chi izundu reports. portugal — the latest country battling wildfire. some 700 firefighters are still tried to stop flames taking further hold of a eucalyptus forest near the town of monchique in the algarve. water—dropping aircraft have been assisting them, as well as over 100 fire trucks. already, more than 1,000 hectares of land has been destroyed and one village has been forced to evacuate. how far were the flames? it was about 500 metres from our kitchen. the terrain is difficult to access and conditions have been tough. high winds, dry land and record temperatures. this weekend, seeing more than 45 degrees. it's so hot, people are opting to stay in. but it's not just portugal suffering. a continent—wide heatwave in recent
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weeks has seen deaths in spain, droughts and wildfires from greece to sweden. chi chi izundu, bbc news. the australian government has announced more aid for farmers as parts of the country suffer the worst dry spell in living memory. the prime minister, malcolm turnbull, says its important to respond to what he calls "exceptional" circumstances. the extra £108 million brings the total relief measures to more than £370 million. a second major earthquake in a week has struck the indonesian island of lombok. the latest earthquake, with a magnitude of seven, prompted the authorities to issue a tsunami warning, though that's now been lifted. at least 16 people were killed in last week's earthquake which also left more than 500 hikers stranded on a mountain in lombok. several thousand homes are without water in nottinghamshire after a major pipe burst. it happened in the village of epperstone but is affecting large parts of the eastern side of the county. severn trent water says it's one of its biggest mains,
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meaning people may have no supply, or low pressure. tankers are bringing in extra water and bottled water is being delivered. the us first lady, melania trump, has expressed her support for the basketball star lebronjames, hours after her husband made insulting remarks about him on twitter. the player had said in an interview that mr trump was "divisive" and had "emboldened racists". 0ur washington correspondent chris buckler has more. lebron james is without any doubt one of the biggest stars in american sports. when he recently signed for the la lakers, it made the headlines, but he's found himself in the news again because of his criticism of donald trump. on cnn, he accused the president of using sport to split the us apart, and it's not the first time he's spoken out against mr trump. i'm not going to let — while i have this platform — to let one individual, no matter the power, no matter the impact that he should have,
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or she should have, ever use sport as a platform to divide us. in an angry tweet, donald trump fired back at both the basketball star and the news network, saying: but lebronjames but lebron but lebronjames but lebronjames has a surprising ally in this latest fight — mr trump's own wife. a statement by the first lady's spokeswoman said melania trump was impressed by lebronjames' work to do good things on behalf of the next generation. he has just opened a new school for at—risk students in his home—town in ohio. mrs trump made clear that she was open to the idea of going to visit it. i love you too, man, i really do. that's a sign of support from lebronjames, even
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as he feuds with her husband. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. now for something you don't see very often on a busy london street — a tropical snake eating a pigeon in broad daylight on the pavement. the snake — thought to be an abandoned boa constrictor was found on high road, leytonstone, this weekend. the rspca has since taken the snake to a wildlife centre and is appealing for information about the incident. nicola white from the rscpa joined us earlier — she's the senior scientific officer for exotic animals. she gave us advice on what to do if you see a snake in the street and told us how the rspca deal with these incidents don't approach it, don't try and pick it up but give the rspca call. most of the snakes we see are not
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dangerous, they are generally corn snakes, king snakes and in this case, a boa constrictor. whilst they are wild animals, this species in particular will not be harmful to humans. but we recommend people don't try to pick them up or touch them at all, just in case. we definitely do see an increase in the number of snakes we collect over the summer number of snakes we collect over the summer months. this could be because snakes who have escaped over the colder months are starting to come out because the weather is warmer and snakes do warm up and get a little bit quicker. it is possible that owners are taking them outside to give them some fresh air, some exercise in the garden. when they warm up, they do become a little bit faster. we ask owners still always ensure their snake is secure and if they take them outside, make sure they take them outside, make sure they keep hold of them and put them ina can
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they keep hold of them and put them in a can enclosure so they cannot get out. it is illegal to allow your snake to escape under the wildlife and countryside act and also it's not idealfor the and countryside act and also it's not ideal for the snake itself. we will censor midi out to collect the snake, so get it identified and then it will be looked after either by the rspca or in private boarding. then we put out an appeal to see if the owner can come forward. ideally we would always like to reunite the snake with its owner. if the snake doesn't have an owner who comes forward , doesn't have an owner who comes forward, we put a system in place to get the animal re—homed. we would ca re get the animal re—homed. we would care for it until a good owner can come forward and take the snake home and give it a long and loving life. now it's time for a look at the weather with mel coles. fine and dry conditions continue for the rest of the day and this evening for much of the uk. we have more cloud working into parts of northern ireland, north—west england and into
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scotland. here we are going to see outbreaks of rain. as the night progresses the rain will become heavier and persistent for a time. down towards the south—west of england and into wales we will see low cloud working in with missed in places. even underneath clear skies it's not going to be a cold night, lows of around 13 celsius. monday morning start as it means to go on, mist and low cloud will lift quickly with lots of sunshine around for england and wales. the more cloud further north and west you are, with outbreaks of patchy rain but northern scotland seeing a greater chance of something brighter as we head through the day on monday. temperatures down towards the south—east where the heat will be concentrated will be hitting 31, possibly 32 celsius.
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